John Barnes joined the Rotary Club of Clayton in District 9810 in 1979. He was President in 1983/84 and again in 2002/03. He has held most positions at Club level including Secretary for ten years and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
He has served on the District Vocational and International Committees and was Chair of the District International Committee in 2003/04 and 2004/05. John was an Assistant Governor in 2005/06 and 2006/07. He was Governor of his District in 2008/09 and in 2009/10, joined the District Foundation Committee.
In 2010/11 he began a three-year appointment as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator. In 2011/12 he commenced a four-year term as District Foundation Chair. In 2013/14 John received a Citation for Meritorious Service from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. John has also been a part of the GETS Training Team for incoming District Governors in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
On 1 July 2014, John commenced his three-year term as a Trustee for The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust (TARFT). In March 2015 John and Gaye represented the RI President and his wife at the District Conference of District 1260 in St. Albans England and again at the District Conference of District 3011 in New Delhi, India in February 2017.
John is also a member of Interplast ANZ’s Committee of Rotarians, having been associated with Interplast since 1999 and a Board Member from 2002—2014.
From 1 July 2015 John took up a position as a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, responsible for the six New Zealand Districts and the ten South Eastern Australian Districts.